As more people who are experiencing economic stress struggle to find work, which can be even more difficult during the holiday season, a common mistake is being made by many. It is placing too much or all of one’s energy on finding a job that is the same or very similar to the one a person had rather than accepting work that is available. At first, this strategy may seem to make sense. You have just been laid off and now your focus is finding the same type of work that you believe matches or exceeds your previous rate of pay, since pay rates are not typically posted with job announcements. This approach can, quite frankly, be very wishful thinking. It is common among older workers who tend to have more financial responsibility and, who are often less willing to accept an employment opportunity with a lower rate of pay and lower status.
The flaw in using this approach is that you may be overlooking employment opportunities that are more readily available because the perceived rate of pay may be lower, sometimes much lower, based on the job description, there may be few or no benefits and the status associated with the employment opportunity may be non-existent. Understandably, it can be very difficult to accept employment for which you may be incredibly overqualified but if this opportunity can help to relieve some of the economic stress in your life, why not pursue it? Don’t let your pride get in the way of using good, common sense. And, as it turns out, common sense is not as common as some may think.
As you navigate the holiday season, which can be very stressful and make some feel compelled to spend money that they do not have, remember what is most important i.e., health, family, friends, giving your time and talents in acts of service, and keep in mind that you have an incredible capacity to endure through the challenging economic circumstances that you may face. Sometimes, this could require taking a step or two backwards to facilitate greater, forward momentum. Think of yourself as the arrow which is thrust forward by the bow. This can only happen if the arrow is pulled backwards. There is no shame here if this approach will help you to thrive once again and put you in a position where you can take care of your needs and the needs of your family. So, if an employment opportunity presents itself which may not be befitting of your intellect, skills, credentials and pay requirements, I challenge you to do the following:
TAKE THE JOB!